Meneely Bell Foundry

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The first Meneely bell foundry was established in 1826 in West Troy (now Watervliet), New York,[1] by Andrew Meneely, a former apprentice in the foundry of Benjamin Hanks.[2] Two of Andrew's sons continued to operate the foundry after his death, and it remained a family operation until its closure.

The second Meneely bell foundry was established in 1870 by a third son, Clinton H. Meneely, across the river in Troy, New York. Initially he was in partnership with George H. Kimberly, under the name Meneely & Kimberly; this second foundry was reorganized in 1879 as the Clinton H. Meneely Bell Company, then later as the Meneely Bell Company. Like its related competitor, it remained a family operation until its closure.

Business cards for both of the competing Meneely bell foundries appearing in the Troy Daily Times on May 20, 1891.

The two foundries competed vigorously (and sometimes bitterly) with each other, and their products cannot be confused. Together, they produced about 65,000 bells before they both closed in 1952.[3][4]

Bell locations[edit]

Locations of bells from the "First Meneely Bell Foundry"[edit]

List of known locations of Meneely foundries bells from the First Meneely Foundry:

Memorial in Watertown, Massachusetts, USA.
Bloomfield, Connecticut
The Justice Bell at the Washington Memorial Chapel in Valley Forge, PA
National Patriots Bell Tower, Washington Memorial Chapel
Washington Memorial Chapel and National Patriots Bell Tower, which holds a Meneely carillon

United States[edit]

New York[edit]

  • Saint Michael's Church (Rochester, New York) has two bells, cast in 1847, the larger bell weighing 1,015 pounds, the small bell weighing 525 pounds.
  • First Presbyterian Church of Avon, New York. Church built in 1812, 33", 700 pound Meneely Bell dated 1848.
  • Bard College Bell Tower, Annandale On Hudson, NY. Bell Made by Meneely Bell Company, Troy, NY USA 1860 Bronze Bell
  • Saint Andrew's Catholic Church in Norwood, New York has a 3,100 lb bell of ingot copper and East India tin in a 70-foot (21 m) tower.[5]
  • Saint Anthony's Church in Albany, New York
  • Ovid Federated Church, Ovid, NY (Meneely & Co, 1880)
  • Central United Methodist Church in Endicott, New York
  • Jamesville Community Museum, former Episcopal church built in 1878 in Jamesville, New York[6]
  • Saugerties Lighthouse, Saugerties, NY[7]
  • Church of the Ascension, Rockville Centre, NY. (1873 bell) Cast for Christ Church, Poughkeepsie, NY. Sold to Meneely and re-bought in 1888.
  • Reformed Dutch Church of Claverack, NY
  • Carlisle Presbyterian Church, Carlisle, New York
  • Sherburne-Earlville Central School, Sherburne NY 13460 Dated 1834 , A.Meneely West Troy NY
  • Niskayuna Reformed Church, Niskayuna, NY 12309

New Jersey[edit]

Pennsylvania[edit]

Connecticut[edit]

  • Bulkley Memorial Carillon in Danbury, Connecticut
  • Torrington Fire Department Headquarters, Torrington, Connecticut. Meneely & Co. 1900. Bell originally hung in the tower at the headquarters station built in 1900. The station still stands and is now private property. The bell was removed and placed in the lobby of the present headquarters station next door at 111 Water Street and is accessible for public viewing.
  • St. Mary Catholic Church, Bethel, Connecticut.(this bell was in the original church, located on Greenwood Ave. in Bethel but was taken out of the steeple and placed on display behind the "new" church on Dodgingtown Road)
  • Bloomfield, Connecticut

Rhode Island[edit]

Massachusetts[edit]

  • Millbury Baptist Church, Millbury, Massachusetts. Bell made by Clinton H. Meneely Bell Company, Troy, N.Y. USA. A.D. 1884 - Bronze Bell
  • First Baptist Church of Arlington Massachusetts[11] The bell was cast in 1903 and is 5' in diameter. The bell is manually struck on special occasions only.
  • Memorial in Watertown, Massachusetts

Maine[edit]

Vermont[edit]

New Hampshire[edit]

Southern States[edit]

  • Salado Antique Mall, Salado, Texas. Currently on display. Manufacturers date of 1866. Meneely, West Troy, NY. No other inscription. Bell is intact and it has been placed on a stand for display purposes. [2] No information is available as to where the bell was first installed.
  • Downtown Athens, Georgia (copy of original liberty bell)
  • Prattville Male & Female Academy (Prattville, AL)
  • Wofford College in Spartanburg, South Carolina[14]
  • Eastern State Hospital Medical Library, Building No. 3, Williamsburg, Virginia is the location of a Meneely Bell carrying the manufacturer's date of 1886. It was originally utilized to signify curfews and special events at the nation's oldest psychiatric hospital, established in 1773. You may visit the Eastern State Hospital website at www.esh.dbhds.virginia.gov
  • Lovely Lane Chapel at Epworth By The Sea on St. Simons Island, Georgia. Chapel built in 1880 and the bell was cast in 1881.
  • Lupton Hall Carillon at Oglethorpe University in Atlanta, Georgia
  • Spotsylvania Courthouse, Virginia, Spotsylvania, Virginia[15]
  • First Baptist Church, Raleigh, North Carolina, 1886, replacing the original bell of about 1859
  • Atlanta First United Methodist Church (Originally Wesley Chapel), Atlanta, GA. Cast in 1850, it survived the civil war while most of Atlanta's other bells were melted down to make cannons. Rings every Sunday morning at start of worship.
  • Alexandria City Hall, Alexandria VA. The inscription cast on the bell reads "Steeple, clock and bell presented to the City of his nativity by an esteemed citizen. Alexandria, VA, A.D. 1872"
  • Joseph Dill Baker Memorial Carillon in Baker Park, in Frederick, Maryland
  • Saint Paul's Episcopal Church (now a retreat house), Hillsboro, Maryland[16]
  • Saint Paul's Episcopal Church, Federal Point, Florida Historical records indicate that the bell was purchased for $32 and was installed in the bell tower on April 22, 1883.
  • St. Matthew's German Evangelical Lutheran Church - Charleston, South Carolina. Set of 10 bells cast in West Troy in 1901. Three bells added in 1966. All bells refurbished in 2008 by Christoph Paccard Bell Foundry,
A Mighty Fortress Is Our God on the Meneely Bell Foundry (1901) bell set at St. Matthew's German Evangelical Lutheran Church in Charleston, South Carolina

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Mid-West States[edit]

  • City of Grand Rapids 1878 Fire Bell, Grand Rapids Public Museum, Grand Rapids, Michigan. First hung in a temporary wooden fire tower at Ottawa and Pearl Sts from 1878-1888 until it is installed in the tower of City hall (1888-1969). It now stands at the entrance of the Grand Rapids Public Museum since 1995.
  • Immanuel Lutheran Church in Madison, Nebraska
  • Saint Stephen's Episcopal Church, Sherman, Texas
  • University of Northern Iowa in Cedar Falls, Iowa dedicated in 1926[17]
  • King Avenue United Methodist Church in Columbus, Ohio[18]
  • Minneapolis City Hall, Minneapolis, MN - contains 10 bells from 1896 and 4 more added in 1923. Bells chime every quarter-hour. Live performances are regularly held by the Tower Bell Foundation.[19]
  • Laingsburg United Methodist Church, Laingsburg MI (1881 bell) www.laingsburgumc.org
  • A 1919 Meneely bell located at Woodbury Elementary School, Shaker Heights, Ohio, 44120. The bell was cast in 1919 and weighs 2,000 lbs.[20]
Illinois[edit]
  • St. Paul Lutheran Church, Pontiac, Illinois...purchased in the late 1860s.
  • Second Congregational Church, Rockford, Illinois (cast in 1865; in 1891, moved to the church's current location)
  • Second Congregational Church, Westfield, Massachusetts (cast in 1867; in 1962, moved to the church's new building but mounted on the grounds outside)
  • Lombard, Illinois, in the Maple Street Chapel (1870)
  • Naperville, Illinois, on display at Naper Settlement
  • Rock Island Arsenal Clock Tower in Rock Island, Illinois has a 3,538 lb bell stamped "1867 Meneelys’ West Troy, N.Y."[21]
  • Lacon Congregational Church, Lacon, IL (bell cast in 1890)
  • St.Patrick's Catholic Church, Camp Grove, IL. Dated 1904. Church closed in 2013, bell now property of Peoria Catholic Diocese.

Western States[edit]

  • Mt. Zion Baptist Church, formerly Deutsche Congregationale Zion Kirche (German Congregational Zion Church) in Portland, Oregon
  • San Jose State University in San Jose, California "Cast to commemorate the California State Normal School in 1881, this 3,000-pound bell was rung at 8 a.m each morning until the earthquake that stilled its voice in 1903. In 1910, the bell was re-installed in the main building of the newly constructed Tower Hall, where it was rung on special occasions. In the early 1960s, seismic concerns led to its retirement and relocation at ground level." -Source credit: plaque on San Jose State campus.
  • Church of the Nativity, Menlo Park, California
  • Cathedral Church of St. Mark, Salt Lake City, Utah [3]

Outside U.S.[edit]

  • St. Helena Baptist Church, Jamestown Chapel, Jamestown, island of St. Helena, South Atlantic Ocean. Bell from West Troy cast in 1852. Unsure of weight, but approx. height and diameter at bottom 70 cm.[22]
  • Saint Anthony's Church (Svateho Antonina) in Strossmayerovo Namesti, Prague, Czech Republic (see below)
Canada[edit]
  • St Lawrence Hall, Toronto, Ontario. (This bell, cast in 1849, is unused and virtually inaccessible in the cupola of St Lawrence Hall.
  • Wesley Knox United Church. Woodville, Nova Scotia. Canada.
  • Church of St. John the Evangelist, Montreal. Dated 1917. Still in daily use.
  • Roddick Gate McGill University in Montreal
  • Saint Thomas Anglican Church in Orrville, Ontario, inscription: "Meneely & Co West Troy NY - I was given by Friends in Depot Harbour in the Diocese of Algoma 1901 "When I do ring, God's praises sing" "When I do toll, Praise heart and soul"

Locations of bells from the "Second Meneely Bell Foundry"[edit]

List of known locations of Meneely foundries bells from the Second Meneely Foundry:

Connecticut

  • United Congregational Church, Bridgeport, CT 1926

New York[edit]

  • St. Paul the Apostle Church, Mechanicville, NY. The approximately 1900 lbs. bell was originally installed in the previous edifice in 1872, and moved to the present church building in 1919.
  • Most Holy Trinity Church in Brooklyn, New York.
  • Assumption Church - Staten Island, NY. Assumption - St. Paul Parish. Bells dedicated August 6, 1922.[23]
  • SS. Cyril and Methodius Russian Orthodox Church in Hartshorne, Oklahoma. Inscription on the bell - MENEELY BELL Co., TROY N.Y., 1909
  • *Firemen's Memorial Lot, Charlotte, North Carolina; Bell stamped Meneely & Co., West Troy, N.Y. 1881 (bell is for display only)
  • First United Methodist Church of Westfield, New Jersey. A single 2,048 lb bell stamped Clinton H. Meneely Bell Company, Troy NY and dated 1886. Controlled to ring hourly, by a clock mechanism made by the E. Howard & Co of Boston, MA from the same year. It was originally in an earlier wooden church steeple and in 1910 was moved to its current stone church steeple.
  • Christs Church at Ballard Corners, Sparta, Michigan; Bell stamped Meneely's Troy, N.Y. 1869
  • Van Norden Carriage House at the Jay Heritage Center Rye, New York; bell stamped "Meneely Bell Co. Troy, NY 1907"

Pennsylvania[edit]

  • First Presbyterian Church of York, Pennsylvania, 1861, purchased by Philip Albright Small and Samuel Small
  • Evangelical Lutheran Church of the Holy Trinity, Irwin, PA one bell installed shortly after 1880.
  • The Phelps School's "Victory Bell" in Malvern, Pennsylvania
  • Church of the Good Shepherd in Boyertown, Pennsylvania, one bell marked "Meneely & Kimberly, Makers, Troy, N.Y." on one side, with the church name on the other side. Although in a church, this bell is part of what is also known as the Boyertown Town Clock, being restored in 2017.[24]

Mid-Western States[edit]

  • A Meneely & Kimberly bell remains in front of the Cortland Elementary School in Cortland, Ohio. The school was once named Cortland Union School as cast on the bell 1876. This bell will soon be relocated to the Cortland High School.
  • A Meneely & Kimberly bell dated 1877 is located in and used at the First Presbyterian Church of Cadillac, MI
  • Davis County Courthouse (Meneely & Kimberly Bell Co., 1879) in Bloomfield, Iowa
  • St. Patrick's Catholic Church, Ogden, Kansas. Bell dated 1910
  • St Joseph Catholic Church in Waite Park, MN, USA. Cast in bell: Meneely Bell Co, Troy NY 1918.

Other U.S. locations[edit]

  • St. Patrick Church, Lowell, Massachusetts. Bells dated 1905
  • St. Johns Episcopal Church, Kula Hawaii (Maui) Bell dated 1909
  • Soldiers Chapel - Schofield Barracks; Wahiawa,Oahu, Hawaii. Church steeple built 1913. Bell dated 1911.
  • West Virginia University at Parkersburg, Parkersburg, West Virginia. Bell cast in 1902
  • The Morehead-Patterson Bell Tower, Chapel Hill, NC. The twelve original bells were cast by the Meneely Bell Company[25] in the early 1930s, and supplemented by two bells from Petit & Fritsen, Belgium in 1998.

Outside U.S.[edit]

Canada[edit]
  • Christ Church Windermere, Ontario, Canada. Inscription on the bell- (one side)"In memory of Charles Henry Mockridge, Priest and Doctor, February 25th 1913". (other side) "Meneely Bell Company, Troy, NY, 1914"
  • Sainte-Marthe-De-Vaudreuil Catholic Church, Quebec, Canada.
  • St. Andrew's United Church in Markham, Ontario[26]
  • Tower Clock of the old Parliament building, Ottawa, Canada. Meneely & Kimberly dated 1875. Damaged by fire of 1916.
  • Saint Patrick's Catholic Church, Fallowfield, Ontario, Canada. (http://www.stpatricksfallowfield.com) Maneeley & Kimberly Bell cast in 1875. Still in daily use.
  • Our Lady of Mount Carmel Catholic Church, Prospect, Nova Scotia, Canada. Meneely Bell Co., 1928.
  • Halifax Explosion Memorial Sculpture, Fort Needham Park, Halifax. Nova Scotia. Still in daily use. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Halifax_Explosion_Memorial_Sculpture Formerly used at United Memorial Church, 5375 Kaye St, Halifax, NS B3K 1Z4, now in disuse and sold for development.

Other Notable Meneely Bells[edit]

The Columbian Liberty Bell[edit]

The Columbian Liberty Bell was cast by Clinton H. Meneely's foundry for display at the World's Columbian Exposition in Chicago in 1893. The bell disappeared while on tour in Europe.[27][28][29][30]

Saint Anthony’s Church Bell, Prague, Czech Republic[edit]

The Meneely bell that hangs in St Anthony's Church in Prague was purchased by the Mid-European Union in October 1918 to commemorate the independence of Czechoslovakia after World War I and donated to the group's president, Thomas Masaryk, who became the head of the country's provisional government and, in 1920, the Czechoslovak president. The bell cost $2,000 and weighed 2,542 pounds (1,155 kg).

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Meneely and Company Records, 1825-1945". The New York State Library. University of the State of New York. March 5, 2014. Retrieved 10 Jan 2015.  line feed character in |title= at position 20 (help)
  2. ^ "Benjamin Hanks". delaney@delaneyantiqueclocks.com. Delaney Antique Clocks. Retrieved 12 July 2013. 
  3. ^ Meneely Bell Online Museum
  4. ^ Rensselaer County Historical Society. (RCHS says the financial records of these foundries are located at 1) Hudson-Mohawk Industrial Gateway, Foot of Polk St., Troy, NY 12180; and 2) Manuscripts & Special Collections, New York State Library, Cultural Education Center, Albany, NY 12230.)
  5. ^ Lyman, Susan C. The Story of Norwood, NY: A Nice Place to Live: 1850-1995. Norwood: Norwood Historical Association, 1995.
  6. ^ Meneely Bell Rings Again, Jamesville Community Museum Newsletter, 2 February 2008
  7. ^ [www.saugertieslighthouse.com www.saugertieslighthouse.com] Check |url= value (help).  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  8. ^ Newton Churches
  9. ^ TowerBells.org
  10. ^ parish historian
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  12. ^ [www.mattawamkeagcog.com www.mattawamkeagcog.com] Check |url= value (help).  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  13. ^ [www.wildercenter.com www.wildercenter.com] Check |url= value (help).  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  14. ^ Wofford's Bell, From The Archives, 25 January 2008
  15. ^ "Spotsylvania Courthouse". visitspotsy.com. Retrieved 2016-09-26. 
  16. ^ Church records
  17. ^ Tower Instruments By State
  18. ^ King Avenue United Methodist Church
  19. ^ http://www.towerbellfoundation.org/bells.html
  20. ^ http://www.shaker.org/protected/ArticleView.aspx?iid=6GGG02B&dasi=2YB.  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  21. ^ The Rock Island Clock Tower - From Ordnance to Engineers
  22. ^ physically inspected bell , which is still in use
  23. ^ Assumption-St. Paul Church
  24. ^ "History
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  27. ^ Wonderful Liberty Bell - It is to Contain Historical Relics of Great Value - It Will Be Cast At Troy Next Month and Will Weigh 13,000 Pounds, New York Times 24 April 1893
  28. ^ Columbian Liberty Bell Cast - The Operation A Success, It Is Thought, New York Times, 23 June 1893
  29. ^ Columbian Liberty Bell, Liberty Bell Museum
  30. ^ Hyde Park-Kenwood Community Conference
  31. ^ Skinner, Charles. "Bell Casting in Troy". Meneely Bell online Museum. Retrieved 12 July 2013. 

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